Wales beat Australia in Rugby World Cup thriller
Tokyo: Six Nations champions Wales took a massive step towards topping Pool D with a thrilling 29-25 victory over valiant Australia in the Rugby World Cup on Sunday. The Welsh were 23-8 ahead at half-time but they had to withstand a furious second-half onslaught when Australia fought back to within a point late in the game. Wales, 43-14 winners over Georgia in their opener, will now be confident of finishing their pool unbeaten, with their next opponents Fiji in Oita on October 9 before taking on Uruguay in Kumamoto four days later.
PCB sets June, 2020 deadline for BCCI to confirm Asia Cup participation:
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has set a June, 2020, deadline for the Indian Cricket Board to confirm its participation in Asia Cup scheduled in September, next year. “We need to see if India agrees to come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. There is still some time till next year’s September but by June, we have to know where we are going with this and if it can’t be hosted here because of a lack of involvement of India,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said in an interview. However the final decision to shift the tournament will be Asian Cricket Council’s prerogative.
Stress fracture has nothing to do with Bumrah’s action, says Nehra:
Ashish Nehra, who knows a thing or two about injury management, on Sunday insisted that India’s premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s stress fracture has got nothing to do with his unorthodox action. Bumrah was recently ruled out of both South Africa and Bangladesh series owing to a stress fracture on his lower back, with a recovery time period of two months due to early detection. “Stress fracture is unrelated to action and we must get our concepts clear. He doesn’t need to change his action and if he tries to do that, it won’t be great. Let me assure you when he comes back, he can bowl with same action, intensity and pace,” Nehra said.
‘Not sure if players want to go to Pak’:
India’s much talked about Davis Cup clash against Pakistan will go ahead as scheduled in November but according to Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi, players are having second thoughts. The tie, which was scheduled to take place in Islamabad on September 14-15, was postponed to November 29-30 by the International Tennis Federation following escalated diplomatic tension between the two countries. “The (Davis
Cup) tie is on. It will be played on grass in Islamabad on November 29-30. There are no issues from the government, but I am not sure if players want to go to Pakistan and play,” Bhupathi told reporters on Sunday.
Carreno Busta secures Chengdu crown:
Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta claimed his first ATP title in more than two years after coming back from a set down to beat big-serving Alexander Bublik 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(3) in the Chengdu Open final in China on Sunday. It was Carreno Busta’s first title since winning Estoril Open in 2017.
De Minaur captures third career title in Zhuhai:
Australian youngster Alex de Minaur won his third title of the season at the Zhuhai Championships on Sunday, beating Adrian Mannarino 7-6(4) 6-4 in the final to edge closer to a top-20 world ranking. De Minaur, currently 31 in the world, overcame the Frenchman in a little over two hours to cap an impressive week for the 20-year-old.
Momota wins Korea Open:
Top-ranked Kento Momota of Japan clinched the men’s singles title at the Korea Open badminton tournament on Sunday with a win over number two Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan. The 25-year-old downed Chou 21-19, 21-17 in a final that lasted 53 minutes. In the women’s final, China’s He Bingjiao defeated Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 18-21, 24-22, 21-17.
India U-18 claim maiden SAFF title:
The Indian football team lifted the SAFF U-18 Championship for the first time when they defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in the title clash here on Sunday. India surged ahead as early as the 2nd minute when Vikram Partap Singh sped past his marker and banged it in. The match-winner came in injury time when the nippy Ravi Bahadur Rana scored off a screamer from about 30 yards. Yeasin Arafat reduced the margin for Bangladesh in the 40th minute.